Storytelling through music

There will be classical music floating through the University of Bristol Student’s Union today [Tuesday 18 June] when 220 students from 11 local primary schools come together for an orchestra workshop.

The Primary Cluster Orchestra Day, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Bristol Plays Music, will be led by Phil Dixon, a teacher of music and music technology and composer-in-residence from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School.

Mr Dixon, together with eight University of Bristol trainee (PGCE) music teachers, will be working with the schoolchildren on three pieces: Symphonie Fantastique extract: Berlioz; a medley of three ballet pieces – Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky, Coppélia: Delibes, Petrushka: Stravinsky, and the Avengers theme: Alan Silvestri.

The theme of the orchestra day is storytelling through music.  The pieces, rearranged for the pupils by Claire Alsop, have been chosen to reflect the different ways music can tell a narrative.

Dr Marina Gall, Head of PGCE Music in the University’s School of Education, said: “Music enables a diverse range of young people to engage and fulfil their creative aspirations.  The workshop is a great opportunity for the children to come together to play music, for our secondary music teacher trainees to develop their skills in working with younger children and, most importantly, to have fun.”

Laurie Stewart, Vocal and Instrumental Strategy Manager for Bristol Plays Music, said: “This is the fifth year we’ve collaborated with the University of Bristol and we’re thrilled to be reaching so many young people and teachers.  We want this to be a fun day of music-making and it’s a great opportunity for primary school pupils to gain valuable experience away from the classroom.”

The orchestra day will finish with a performance for parents and carers.

The 11 Bristol primary schools taking part in the workshop are:

Bristol Grammar (BGS) Infants and Juniors; Air Balloon Hill Primary; Ashley Down Schools Federation; Elmlea Junior; Henleaze Junior; Horfield CEVC Primary; Hotwells Primary; St John’s C of E Primary; St Mary Redcliffe C of E Primary; Wallscourt Farm Academy and Westbury Park.

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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